FAA Reauthorization Call To Action – before it’s too late

The RC hobbyist has been abandoned and ultimately disenfranchised by a system and Federal Aviation Administration that has proven itself to be ineffectual in safely integrating UAS into the National Airspace System.

Airmap, AMA, AUVSI, Amazon, DJI, Google, PrecisionHawk, et al. are apparently more interested in moving product and denying reality than in safeguarding the rights of the U.S. model aviation enthusiast and STEM students.

Sec, 336 of the 2012 FAA Reauthorization was written into law by Congress to safeguard the American hobbyist and STEM student from onerous and hamfisted regulation. This new reauthorization bill gives the FAA a blank check to administratively disenfranchise the millions of citizens who have safety enjoyed the RC Hobby for almost a hundred years.

The assertion made by the entities mentioned above, businesses and the FAA, lack scientific credibility. Their assertions are made by lobbyists to have Congress mandate a customer and/or membership base for them at the expense of our freedoms and education.

sUAS News readers are strongly encouraged to cut and paste the boilerplate provided. Please customize it to reflect personal concerns that you may have about how this expensive but poorly crafted language will affect us and future generations globally.

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The Honorable (full name)

United State Senate

Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator (last name):

The legislation addressing the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018 is of paramount interest to me because I am an aviation enthusiast. This issue directly impacts our legacy of innovation in the domestic aerospace industry and STEM education.

I am primarily concerned that the bill repeals Sec. 336 of the 2012 FAA reauthorization, designed to limit government regulation and give the FAA what amounts to a blank check to regulate and impose policy on the non-commercial user. This would allow for the FAA to administratively circumvent the will of the people and the charge of Congress to make laws. I say no new regulations without scientific validation.

Other aspects of this same issue will affect STEM education and our future innovation. Many American Aviation pioneers and visionaries like Howard Hughes, Samuel Langley, and the Wright Bros, to name a few utilized model aircraft to make technological advances in ways that would not have been possible otherwise. This Bill was crafted primarily by special and foreign interests with no data or science to back up their assertions and will ultimately serve to stifle U.S. aviation innovation and STEM education.  Any new regulations should be supported by scientific validation.

I will look forward to your reply expressing your opinions, and your current stance on the issue.

Thank you for your consideration of my viewpoint on this matter. I believe it is an important issue and would like to see the legislation amended so as not to repeal the special rule for model aircraft (sec. 336) or fail to ensure effective educational services for the students and the disenfranchised hobbyists this poorly crafted legislation will affect

Sincerely,

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Patrick Egan
Editor in Field, sUAS News Americas Desk | Patrick Egan is the editor of the Americas Desk at sUAS News and host and Executive Producer of the sUAS News Podcast Series, Drone TV and the Small Unmanned Systems Business Exposition. Experience in the field includes assignments with the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command Battle Lab investigating solutions on future warfare research projects. Instructor for LTA (Lighter Than Air) ISR systems deployment teams for an OSD, U.S. Special Operations Command, Special Surveillance Project. Built and operated commercial RPA prior to 2007 FAA policy clarification. On the airspace integration side, he serves as director of special programs for the RCAPA (Remote Control Aerial Photography Association).